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The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films  

Randolph Strauss
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List Rules Must be good movies that are hard to stomach.

The most nausea-inducing great films manage to make moviegoers squirm with discomfort, but leave the theater feeling like they've seen a really solid movie. Some films on this list are, not surprisingly, straight-up horror movies, but others are more psychologically disturbing. Either way, every film on this list can be, to some, nausea-inducing and generally unsettling. Be sure to vote for the movies that you think were the most difficult to watch, and, if you know of a particularly nausea-inducing great film that isn't listed, add it.

Movies don't always need to have wall-to-wall, graphic violence to induce nausea, but it helps. Films like 'Drive,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and certainly 'Pulp Fiction' fall squarely in the gratuitous violence category, but they are all excellent movies. Some of the films on this list, including 'A Clockwork Orange,' 'Midnight Cowboy,' 'No Country for Old Men,' 'American History X,' 'Fargo,' 'Crash,' were nominated for, and won, Academy Awards. Many are considered among the best films of all-time ('Scarface' comes to mind immediately). But one thing they all have in common: Each movie listed here can be upsetting to watch.

In terms of outright horror movies, sure, most of them do have extremely graphic, hard-to-watch violence in them, but not all horror films can truly be called 'great.' Some, like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' and John Carpenter's original 'The Thing' manage to scare us silly and nauseate us at the same time.

Nausea-inducing great films can stay with someone long after the last frame is shown. They are disturbing and they haunt you. That's what this list is all about, so be sure to vote for your favorites and add any movie that I've missed.
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The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
newgarbagetruck added Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura
"Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. ...more
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A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
franciskusvanderheijden added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović
A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a ...more
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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more
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Cannibal Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
newgarbagetruck added Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman
Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, starring Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Luca ...more
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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg
The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more
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Saw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal
This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
AggieMom15 added Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more
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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
vinsonba added Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn
Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more
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Salò, or the 120 Days o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
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American History X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more
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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Lon Harris added Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence
Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. The film spawned a series of sequels.
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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
tool100 added Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman
Day of the Woman is a controversial 1978 cult classic rape and revenge film. The film received a limited release, with a wider release in 1980. Prominent film critics condemned the film for its ...more
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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
wiabux added Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine
The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. Written by filmmaking partners Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur of the ...more
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Seven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Trioxin245 added Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more
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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln
The Last House on the Left is a 1972 American exploitation-horror film written, edited, and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The story is inspired by the 1960 Swedish ...more
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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter
The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more
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The Human Centipede 2 (Full Se... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
MatthewGill added Lee Nicholas Harris, Dieter Laser, Dominic Borrelli
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Dutch black and white exploitation film written, directed, and co-produced by Dutch filmmaker Tom Six. The sequel to Six's 2009 film The Human ...more
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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
wirken added Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier. It tells the story of a couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who, after the death of their ...more
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Audition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
PW Punk added Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi
Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title, from a ...more
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Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
wirken added Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan
Martyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was ...more
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more
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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
vinsonba added Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller
Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on ...more
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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
wirken added Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé
Irréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear ...more
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films
Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins
Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence ...more